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Sunday February 25, 2018

Buffalo Bill Birthday Celebration

FREE DAY - 10a.m. - 5 p.m.
Celebrate the birthday of one of America’s greatest legends, William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. In the grand tradition of parties, the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave will host the annual Buffalo Bill Birthday Bash on Sunday, February 25 with special activities from noon to 4 p.m. Sing Happy Birthday, eat cake, make crafts and maybe even learn a thing or two on this very festive FREE day.

Noon: Sing Happy Birthday and enjoy free cake and ice cream (while supplies last) at the Pahaska Tepee Gift Shop and Cafe.

Hands-on activities and special programs in the Museum from 12:30 - 4 p.m.




In this special series of public programs, historic interpreters Javan and Susan Ridge have created 20-minute educational presentations in the personas of Buffalo Bill, his wife Louisa, and sometimes his sister, Helen.  These outdoor performances will be free-of-charge, not requiring museum admission.

Sunday June 3, 2018

1 pm & 3 pm: Buffalo Bill on the Stage with Texas Jack

and Wild Bill Hickok

2 pm & 4 pm: Lulu describes Life with Buffalo Bill


Sunday June 10, 2018

1 pm & 3 pm: "Lucretia", the buffalo gun that made        Cody a champion.

2 pm & 4 pm: My life with Buffalo Bill..


Sunday July 8, 2018

1:30 pm & 2:30 pm: Buffalo Bill's Experience in the     Pony Express.

2 pm & 3 pm: Buffalo Bill's Sister Helen reflects on life with Buffalo Bill.


Sunday July 22, 2018

1:30 pm & 2:30 pm: Bleeding Kansas: Buffalo Bill Reflects

Buffalo Bill recounts the violence and terror of the battle to determine if the new state of Kansas would be a free state or a slave state. Bill describes his family's suffering and how they endured to overcome the lawlessness of the times.

2 pm & 3 pm: My Brother's Courage During Terrible Times

Helen Cody Wetmore recalls the terrible events leading up to Kansas becoming a state and how her big brother Billy took on adult responsibilities. Her tales of Bill's courage, decisiveness and determination show the early stages of the man he would become.


Sunday August 26, 2018

 1:30 pm & 2:30 pm: Buffalo Bill: Scout of the Plains

The life of a scout on the plains was not a constant search for Indians. Buffalo Bill explains the life of a scout and how that life prepared him to be the great showman he would later become.

2 pm & 3 pm: Living in an Army Fort: A Woman's Perspective

Many would say that an army fort on the plains was no place for a woman. Helen Cody Wetmore, Bill Cody's sister, tells of the life at Fort McPherson, socializing with officers' wives, visiting dignitaries, and Ooooohhhh yes ... all of those young soldiers!



Sunday September 2, 2018

1:30 pm & 2:30 pm: Taking the Wild West to London

Buffalo Bill recounts the long, often rough, voyage across the ocean with seasickness so profound the Indians were singing their death song! He will tell of how the English cultural differences almost led to bankruptcy and describe how Queen Victoria received the Americans during a very special performance.

2 pm & 3 pm:  A Wife's Reflection: Cody's Tragic Final Years

Bill's wife, Louisa, will take you through the last years of Buffalo Bill's life.  She will tell of the many business ventures that became a financial burden just as audiences and the popularity of the Wild West were were waning.  Mounting debt and poor choices kept him on the show trail long after his physical ability was up to the task. Louisa tells of the personal impact and the tragic end to a great man who will always be a great symbol of the Old West.


Chat with Steve Friesen, former Museum Director and author of Lakota Performers in Europe: Their Culture and the Artifacts They Left Behind, and Joe Debrow, author of Pioneers of Promotion: How Press Agents for Buffalo Bill, P.T. Barnum, and the World's Columbian Exposition Created Modern Marketing

June 3, 2018; 2 p.m. -- 4 p.m.

About the books:

Lakota Performers in Europe: Their Culture and the Artifacts They Left Behind

From April to November 1935 in Belgium, fifteen Lakotas enacted their culture on a world stage. Wearing beaded moccasins and eagle-feather headdresses, they set up tepees, danced, and demonstrated marksmanship and horse taming for the twenty million visitors to the Brussels International Exposition, a grand event similar to a world’s fair. The performers then turned homeward, leaving behind 157 pieces of Lakota culture that they had used in the exposition, ranging from costumery to weaponry. In Lakota Performers in Europe, author Steve Friesen tells the story of these artifacts, forgotten until recently, and of the Lakota performers who used them.

Pioneers of Promotion: How Press Agents for Buffalo Bill, P.T. Barnum, and the World’s Columbian Exposition Created Modern Marketing

We are unquestionably living in an age of marketing and spin – but so much of it is very lightweight. Today it’s about “likes” and “followers” and “content marketing.” Burke and Hamilton and Handy didn’t have social media, or mass media, or even simple document copying technologies at their disposal. What their work reminds us is that strategic marketing – using proper insights, issue positioning, iconic imagery and persuasive language – is powerful, eternal, and does not rely on Tweets or TV.



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